Re-Imagining Justice

There’s something in the air. It doesn’t have a smell. But it does appeal to the senses.

You can sense it. Despite the tumultuous times in which we live, a discerning mind can pick up on it. It’s the winds of change blowing a light, almost imperceptible breeze of hope across the American landscape. I believe there’s no better sector of society to demonstrate the change that is hiking up the trail of transformation than justice. Criminal justice reform. Social justice advancement. Environmental justice progress. The sector of justice is changing. Some would say it’s still the same old same old. I say they’re mistaking slow progress with no progress at all.

That’s why we’ve got to reimagine what justice means and how it ought to be applied in the lives of men and women inside of our prisons or outside in the community.

I’m encouraged when I see an organization like the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition offering one of the most comprehensive and totally applicable conferences on justice I’ve ever seen.

The Reimagining Justice Conference 2021, being offered by FRRC through registration on Eventbrite promises to educate, inspire, and energize grasstop leaders and grassroots organizers around bold, transformative approaches to transforming the criminal legal system and creating a more vibrant democracy, in particular through the components of the FRRC Policy Platform.

FRRC is a thought leader, shaping the narrative of Returning Citizens and paving the way for implementing criminal justice and democracy policy reform throughout the state of Florida.

With the work FRRC has put into this innovative conference, it’s utterly clear that the creators of this highly-anticipated event want this to be the most widely attended justice reform conference in Florida and elevate innovative, transformative solutions and best practices that event attendees who have registered can take away and feel inspired and empowered to apply in their work, no doubt.

I think this conference offers a new vision for safer communities and a stronger democracy in Florida. After all, FRRC is widely recognized for it’s work on Amendment 4; the largest push for and progress in democracy in the state of Florida in the last 50 years. The Reimagining Justice Conference 2021 is definitely going to broaden FRRC’s name and nomenclature beyond its Amendment 4 initiative.

Work like this positions FRRC as “the” thought leader in implementing broad and comprehensive criminal justice and democracy policy reforms in Florida.

A conference like this really engages returning citizens and those who are leaders in advocacy.

I see Reimagining Justice 2021 reaching an audience beyond its coalition members. It’s going to reach community organizers and influencers, Criminal Justice Reform organizations, policy makers, employers who restoratively hire returning citizens, and elected officials. Even the folks in reentry and those who are service providers will undoubtedly benefit from this conference.

This is good stuff. I am really taken aback by the sheer genius of it all. The heavy-hitters in this conference are a who’s who of bright, brilliant policy leaders and justice influencers one could not help but learn from. I’ll bet somebody’s news station will cover this event. Some media outlet is going to pick this up. You’ll hear about the Reimagining Justice Conference 2021 in the news media. I’m almost certain of it.

I guess that would only mean that they and all the outlets like them are catching a whiff of that wind of change as well.

Reimagining Justice will be streamed April 14th and 15th from 10am to 4pm EST.




The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition is committed to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions

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Chasman Barnes

Chasman Barnes

Chasman is a Policy Professional, Advocate for Returning Citizens in Criminal and Social Justice Reform, TEDx Speaker, and sought after Communicator.

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